A large group of hotel and tourism figures in Bali gathered at the Bali International Lawn Bowls Club on Friday, May 28, 2004, to bid farewell to John Forsyth, a well-know tourism icon in Bali and the founder of the Australian travel wholesaler San Michele Travel.
78 years young, John worked the crowd of long time friends and associates more like an aspiring politician than a man contemplating retirement. Enjoying the party and the people, John paused to play a tune on the Club's Grand Piano and, later, sang an Indonesian song with the Keroncong Orchestra providing the evening's entertainment.
Aileen, John's wife and former co-owner of San Michele, was prevented from attending the soiree; staying home in Sydney to be in attendance of the birth of a grandchild.
John and Aileen recently sold the company to former Garuda Orient Holidays executive Ian Norris who, together with his wife, Denise, are planning to build on the long success achieved by the previous husband-wife team.
Retiring – either as a verb or as an adjective - is a word seldom used in connection with John Forsyth. Accordingly, his current plans are to lend assistance to Ian and Denise in the changeover period while focusing on recently launched house-boat company running off Queensland's coast.
Shown on balidiscovery.com, in a photo taken at the reception, are left to right, Ian Norris, John Forseyth, and Denise Norris.
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